CLPHA Requests $8.5 Billion in COVID-19 Emergency Funds from Congress

Date Published: 
March 20th, 2020

On Thursday, March 19, CLPHA sent letters to Congressional leaders and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson formally requesting $5 billion for the public housing program and $3.5 billion for the housing choice voucher program in emergency supplemental funds and additional regulatory relief for public housing authorities as they work to protect residents and staff during the COVID-19 public health crisis. CLPHA’s funding and waiver  requests were based on feedback from members during our COVID-19 member calls.  

In the funding request, CLPHA recommended the following amounts be included in the next coronavirus supplemental legislation:  

$5.0 billion for public housing authorities in the supplemental. Breakdown as follows:  

  • Lost revenue: $2.0 billion  
  • Short term mitigation/operation costs: $1.5 billion  
  • Emergency staffing, communications, retrofits: $1.5 billion  

$3.5 billion for housing vouchers in the supplemental. Breakdown as follows:  

  • Voucher renewals: $3.0 billion  
  • Administrative fees: $500 million  
  • Incremental vouchers: assistance to all households with 30% AMI or less  

Read CLPHA’s Letter to Congressional Leaders and Funding Request 


After submitting the requests to Congress, CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman said in a statement: “The FY20 operating budget for public housing authorities is wholly inadequate to fund the enormous unforeseen cost of COVID-19 emergency expenses combined with estimated losses in tenant rent payments. CLPHA is requesting $8.5 billion from Congress in emergency supplemental funds and urging HUD to provide public housing authorities with the flexibility to respond to the changing situation as needed.” 

Read CLPHA’s Statement on COVID-19 Emergency Funding and Regulatory Needs for PHAs 

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